Rich is an alumnus of the Crane School of Music, SUNY @ Potsdam, where he studied composition with Robert Washburn and piano with James Ball. Rich is a past winner of the Abe Ohlman Award from The Songwriter's Hall of Fame for Excellence in Songwriting.
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A Clear Midnight (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by poet Walt Whitman)
A tranquil, calm, introspective and moving setting.
Apple Pie (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by playwright Susan Vitucci)
A fun, upbeat, humorous tale of two friends searching for their favorite dessert.
*Winner of the Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova Composition Competition.
Coney Island (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Sarah Teasdale)
Often described as "haunting." A winter setting of searching reflection.
*Winner of Manhattan Choral Ensemble & Octarium Composition Competitions
Heaven (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Patrick Phillips)
An ethereal contemplation of the eternal, straddling a sacred & secular theme.
*Winner of Manhattan Choral Ensemble & Georgia College Composition Competitions.
Entrance (SATB w/piano accompaniment) (text by poet Dana Gioia)
Inspiring, uptempo, jazz-influenced secular.
ideal for accomplished high school choirs as well as university and community ensembles.
If Ever There Is (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Robert Creeley)
A powerful, fervent wish for peace.
*Winner of VocalEssence Essentially Choral Composition Competition.
If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free (SATB w/piano accompaniment) (text by poet Sarah Teasdale)
An upbeat, driving, defiant message of perseverance when facing adversity.
?a propulsive union that carries the listener forward to a rousing climax of human affirmation.?
*Winner of SACRA/PROFANA Choral Composition Competition
In Those Years, No One Slept (SATB a cappella)(text by Claudia Serea)
A harrowing scene from a time of conflict/war; text by a Romanian-American immigrant.In Those Years, No One Slept (SSAA a cappella)(text by Claudia Serea)
A harrowing scene from a time of conflict/war; text by a Romanian-American immigrant.
THE SMALLEST SONG (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Martha Collins)
An intimate, personal, almost melancholy piece.
And Still The Stars Shine (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by Rich Campbell)
A mid-tempo, contemporary take on the Christmas Eve story.
TTBB MEN'S CHORUS, SECULAR
All The Whiskey In Heaven (TTBB a cappella) (Text by poet Charles Bernstein))
A love song. Really
Celebrate A New Day (SSA 3-part treble)(text by Rich Campbell)
An uptempo, strong, exciting, joyous celebration. Great program opener or closer.
*Winner of Australian Boys Choir 75th Anniversary Composition Competition
Winter Stars (SSA a cappella)(text by poet Sarah Teasdale)
A solemn, subtle meditation that gives way to optimism in the final stanza
SA, CHILDREN'S CHORUS, SECULAR
The Wind (SA Children's Chorus w/piano accompaniment)(text by poet Robert Louis Stevenson)
*Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize Commission, Organization of American Kodaly Educators
We Will Shine Like The Sun (SA Children's Chorus w/piano accompaniment)
Winner of the Hong Kong Children's Chorus Composition Competition.
UNISON CHILDREN'S CHORUS, SECULAR
We Are The Future (Unison Children?s Chorus) (text by poet Bonita Mohney)
A pop-sounding, fun, easy to sing piece with an inspiring text.